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Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, September 17, 2009

Complete ratings and breakdown’s, including week-to-week comparisons, follow after the jump.

CBS finished in first place for the evening with a 6.1/10 household rating/share and 9.68 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 2.5/7 rating/share.

Last Week:

5.1/8 HH rating [#2]
7.70M viewers [#2]
1.9/5 A18-49 rating [#2]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Survivor: Samoa, the 19th cycle of the popular reality/competition series, (6.7/11 HH rating/share, 11.49M viewers, 3.6/11 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (9/25/2008 – cycle 17: ‘Gabon’):

Households – 7.7/12 to 6.7/11 (-13%)
Viewers – 13.06M to 11.49M (-12%/-1.57M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.5/11 to 3.6/11 (-20%)

Season premiere comparison (2/12/2009 – cycle 18: ‘Tocantins’):

Households – 8.0/13 to 6.7/11 (-16%)
Viewers – 13.63M to 11.49M (-16%/-2.14M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.4/13 to 3.6/11 (-18%)

Last week’s numbers (Big Brother):

Households – 4.6/8
Viewers – 7.44M
Adults 18-49 – 2.6/8

  • 9:00 p.m.: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation-REPEAT (5.7/9 HH rating/share, 8.79M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: The Mentalist-REPEAT (6.0/11 HH rating/share, 8.74M viewers, 1.9/6 A18-49 rating/share).

FOX followed in second place for the evening with a 5.4/9 household rating/share and 9.04 million viewers, but managed a first place finish among adults 18-49 with a 3.0/9 rating/share.

Last Week:

2.5/4 HH rating [#5]
3.89M viewers [#5]
1.1/3 A18-49 rating [#5]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The fifth season premiere of Bones (6.1/10 HH rating/share, 10.10M viewers, 3.1/10 A18-49 rating/share). Note: The series has previously aired on Thursday nights, but this is its first Thursday night premiere.

Season premiere comparison (WED; 9/3/2008 – two-hour fourth season premiere):

Households – 6.0/9 to 6.1/10 (+2%)
Viewers – 9.74M to 10.10M (+4%/+0.36M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.3/9 to 3.1/10 (-6%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: The second season premiere of Fringe (4.7/8 HH rating/share, 7.98M viewers, 3.0/8 A18-49 rating/share). Note: This is also a time slot premiere.  The series aired on Tuesday night’s last season.

Season premiere comparison (TUES; 9/9/2008 – series premiere):

Households – 5.9/9 to 4.7/8 (-20%)
Viewers – 9.13M to 7.98M (-13%/-1.15M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.2/9 to 3.0/8 (-6%)

NBC finished in third place for the evening with a 4.5/8 household rating/share and 7.25 million viewers, but managed a second place finish among adults 18-49 with a 2.9/8 rating/share.

Last Week:

10.9/18 HH rating [#1]
17.50M viewers [#1]
7.0/20 A18-49 rating [#1]

  • 8:00 p.m.: The second season premiere of SNL Weekend Update Thursday (3.7/6 HH rating/share, 5.73M viewers, 2.0/7 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (10/09/2008 – 9:30PM – series premiere):

Households – 6.4/10 to 3.7/6 (-42%)
Viewers – 10.85M to 5.73M (-47%/-5.12M)
Adults 18-49 – 5.1/12 to 2.0/7 (-61%)

Last week’s numbers (NFL Kickoff Special):

Households – 5.8/11
Viewers – 9.23M
Adults 18-49 – 3.2/11

  • 8:30 p.m.: The second season premiere of Parks and Recreation (3.2/5 HH rating/share, 4.96M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (4/9/2009 – series premiere):

Households – 4.2/7 to 3.2/5 (-24%)
Viewers – 6.88M to 4.96M (-28%/-1.92M)
Adults 18-49 – 3.0/9 to 2.1/6 (-30%)

Last week’s numbers (NFL Thursday: Prekick):

Households – 9.5/17
Viewers – 15.53M
Adults 18-49 – 5.7/19

Last week’s numbers (NBC Sunday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans (NBC NFL Thursday) – 8:41pm):

Households – 12.8/22
Viewers – 20.91M
Adults 18-49 – 8.6/25

  • 9:00 p.m.: The sixth season premiere of The Office (4.8/8 HH rating/share, 8.08M viewers, 4.0/11 A18-49 rating/share).

Season premiere comparison (12/4/2008 – season five premiere):

Households – 4.9/7 to 4.8/8 (-2%)
Viewers – 8.46M to 8.08M (-4.5%/-0.38M)
Adults 18-49 – 4.4/11 to 4.0/11 (-9%)

  • 9:30 p.m.: The series premiere of Community (4.6/8 HH rating/share, 7.68M viewers, 3.7/10 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: The Jay Leno Show (5.5/10 HH rating/share, 8.52M viewers, 2.7/8 A18-49 rating/share).

Episode-to-episode numbers (Monday, 9/14/2009 through Thursday, 9/17/2009):

Households – 11.5/19 to 7.1/12 (-38%) to 8.5/15 (+20%) to 5.5/10 (-35%)
Viewers – 18.42M to 11.09M (-40%/-7.33M) to 13.36M (+20.5%/+2.27M) to 8.52M (-36%/-4.84M)
Adults 18-49 – 5.3/14 to 3.4/9 (-36%) to 3.5/10 (+3%) to 2.7/8 (-23%)

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 3.1/5 household rating/share, 4.43 million viewers and a 1.3/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

2.9/5 HH rating [#3]
3.98M viewers [#4]
1.2/3 A18-49 rating [#4]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Grey’s Anatomy-REPEAT (3.0/5 HH rating/share, 4.31M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: Grey’s Anatomy-REPEAT (3.9/6 HH rating/share, 5.55M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 10:00 p.m.: Private Practice-REPEAT (2.5/4 HH rating/share, 3.43M viewers, 1.0/3 A18-49 rating/share).

The CW finished in fifth place for the evening with a 2.2/4 household rating/share, 3.28 million viewers and a 1.4/4 rating/share among adults 18-49.

Last Week:

2.6/4 HH rating [#4]
4.11M viewers [#3]
1.7/5 A18-49 rating [#3]

  • 8:00 p.m.: Week two of The Vampire Diaries (2.5/4 HH rating/share, 3.76M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (series premiere):

Households – 3.2/5 to 2.5/4 (-22%)
Viewers – 4.91M to 3.76M (-23%/-1.15M)
Adults 18-49 – 2.1/7 to 1.6/5 (-24%)

  • 9:00 p.m.: Supernatural (1.9/3 HH rating/share, 2.80M viewers, 1.2/3 A18-49 rating/share).

Week-to-week numbers (fifth season premiere):

Households – 2.1/3 to 1.9/3 (-9.5%)
Viewers – 3.40M to 2.80M (-18%/-0.60M)
Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.2/3 (-20%)

GO TO WEEKLY RATINGS PAGE

Note: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on fast affiliate data. Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) on specific shows are based on final national data. Ratings for the current day are based on fast affiliates. (Expect all three scenarios to be the case at all times, unless otherwise noted). The final rating for first-run episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final rating for tonight’s episode of “Survivor: Gabon” will be reported in next weeks report for Thursday, September 24, 2009. Also keep in mind that because these are fast affiliate numbers, when the finals are released there may be noticeable changes.

And lastly, there may be some errors in the data due to rounding/human error. I’ll do my best to limit those mistakes and correct them in time for the next week’s report.

Source: Fast Affiliate/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research. Daily ratings figures can be found at Zap2It, PI Feedback, and TV by the Numbers.

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